October 17th, 2002

The gentleman is always properly dressed

The mallification of Boston continues

Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop will be closing its doors on Newbury Street after 27 years. Rising rents coupled with undercutting by large chain stores and online auctions have been cited as the main reasons for the decision.

The owner has said that he intends to reopen in a smaller, more affordable location (unlike The Bookcellar Cafe which just closed down completely.) In anticipation of the move, Avenue Victor Hugo will be selling off most of their stock at half off between Thur, Oct 24 and Christmas.
  • Current Mood
    disappointed disappointed
The gentleman is always properly dressed

"Get More From Life"

I caught one of the commercials for VoiceStream/T-Mobile International last night featuring The Zeta-Jones. In keeping with their whole "get more from life" push(?), they show and a young man who calls his bud while in line at a bank and ends up listening to the sound effects of a kung fu flick to pass time. All I could think was how ridiculous it is that we have become incapable of exchanging pleasantries with strangers either through fear or embarrassment, but have no reservations whatsoever in having discussions with people who are not present in the company of those very same strangers. It's just more isolation, cleverly hidden in the guise of communication and convenience.

It used to be that when you passed someone on the street having a conversation with someone who wasn’t there, it was safe to assume that they were deranged. Maybe it’s still the case. I’ve been struck lately while the people who are busy chatting away at their phones pass by just how little they are present. They are moving and taking up space, but somehow they are not entirely there. Like ghosts, they pass through the world, obsessed with their own being and taking little or no notice of the world as it is. There’s no point. Remember, you are a self-contained unit, appropriately accessorized to provide convenient distractions and instantaneous fulfillment of needs.

How the detachment and isolation is considered getting more from life remains a mystery to me. Color me Luddite.
  • Current Mood
    The Matrix has you.
The gentleman is always properly dressed

Everybody was kung fu fighting

- the bestest stick figure fight you'll ever see.

Tedi - a secret, underground kung fu tournament with a plush twist. This is also available here. Enter the site, select the "Action" category, select "Movies," and scroll to #14.

NOTE: Both take a fair amount of time to load even with a fast connection. They are worth checking out if you dig HKAT and the like. Be patient.